The Gurgaon Expressway seems to have turned into a virtual deathtrap for commuters as an average of 12 people die on the deadly stretch every month. This has been continuing from the past three years. So much so, the numbers refuse to come down despite tall claims by the authorities.
Slow-moving vehicles such as two-and-three-wheelers continue to ply on the main carriageway with impunity even as authorities remain clueless on how to curb the practice.
A majority of accident victims are pedestrians. "This year, among the dead, there were 49 pedestrians, three cyclists, 29 two-wheeler riders, nine LMV riders, while 11 were HMV riders," said a senior traffic police official.
"Many people get killed while crossing the road. There are no proper crossings and related infrastructure, which results in fatal accidents."
In a face-saving mode, the police department has 'blamed' civic agencies for the poor maintenance of roads. Poor design, absence of safety measures like road crossings and absence of road engineering concept leads to accidents. "For the safety of pedestrians, we are in talks with the authorities concerned," the official said.
Giving his take on the issue, Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic) said, "It is a positive sign that the rate of accidents and deaths is decreasing, but still a lot needs to be done. We want to make the city a safe haven for commuters. A majority of accidents take place due to over-speeding, drunken and rash driving, besides other violations."
"We have initiated necessary steps to avoid accidents. A majority of the victims are either pedestrians or two-wheeler riders. While two-wheelers are not allowed to enter the expressway, pedestrians cross over and put their lives at risk. We have asked the police to install signboards to spread awareness among people," said a spokesperson of the Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL).
More than 166 people have lost their life on the expressway since it opened three years ago.